1st Mercosur Chess Olympiad: Mar del Plata 2009

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Basic data

1ra. Olimpíada de ajedrez del Mercosur
(see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 19th - 27th June 2009
City: Mar del Plata, Argentina
Venue: Gran Hotel Provincial
Tournament Director: Prof. Ramón Nicolás Ventura Barrera (ARG)
Chief Arbiter: IA Hermida Marcelo Mariano (ARG)
Teams participating: 7 (incl. Argentina "B")
Players participating: 52 (incl. 13 GMs, 5 IMs, 1 WGM, 9 FMs, 1 WIM, 1 CM, 7 WFMs and 2 WCMs)
Games played: 126 (12 games of PER were forfeited)
Competition format: Six board round robin (4 men + 2 women).
Final order decided by: 1. Game points; 2. Berger; 3. Direct match
Time control: 90 minutes per games + 30 sec. per move
Other websites: ChessBase reports: part 1, part 2 [ES]
Downloadable game file: 09mercosur.zip

Tournament review

The event was major part of the Chess Festival Buenos Aires organised by Argentinian Chess Federation, along with three open tournaments, the school chess congress and local municipal teams championship. The teams untypically comprised of 4 men, 2 women and 2 reserves (man+woman). Three of four Mercosur free trade zone members took part in the premier Mercosur Olympiad, as Paraguay did not arrive. The remaining teams were associate members at the moment. The invited guests Mexico and Cuba did not arrive either. Peru were missing women and lost 12 games by forfeit.

The event was won by Brazil (30/36) who beat Argentina 4-2 in the top clash to score six match wins. Both Argentinian teams put ther feet on the podium as well. GM Fier of Brazil was the only player to score perfect 6/6. GM Darcy Lima, captain of the victorious team stated: "We have promising junior and many experienced players; besides our women presented very good play against higher rated opposition. I think this made our triumph possible."

Best board results

bd name flag code pts gms %
1. GM Vescovi, Giovanni Brazil BRA 6 75.0
2. GM Fier, Alexandr Brazil BRA 6 6 100.0
3. GM Leitão, Rafael Brazil BRA 6 91.7
4. GM Diamant, André Brazil BRA 5 90.0
=1 wom. WFM Colombo, Camila Uruguay URU 4 6 66.7
=1 wom. WFM Terão, Juliana Sayumi Brazil BRA 4 6 66.7
2 wom. Jorquera Cabello, Valentina Chile CHI 5 6 83.3